“In My Tortured Ears There Sounds Unceasingly a Nightmare”:H. P. Lovecraft and Horror Audio

Hand, Richard J. (2023) “In My Tortured Ears There Sounds Unceasingly a Nightmare”:H. P. Lovecraft and Horror Audio. In: The Medial Afterlives of H.P. Lovecraft. Palgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture . Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 223-240. ISBN 978-3-031-13764-8

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From the beginnings of radio drama to digital podcasting, horror has been a prevalent genre, exploiting the parameters and potential of audio form to the uttermost. Within this, the adaptation of literature—from Gothic classics to populist fiction—has been central. One conspicuous absence in early radio is H. P. Lovecraft with only one notable adaptation in the 1930-50’s ‘golden age’. Nevertheless, in multiple series of the era the ‘Lovecraftian’ is detectable, revealing latent adaptive strategies of appropriation, assimilation and allusion. In reading Lovecraft, we see that his plots, themes and cosmos are ideally suited to audio adaptation. In our own time, the transmedia pre-eminence of Lovecraft is evident in audio culture as much as anywhere else and we see the Lovecraftian influence across a wide range of audio, from the generic to the experimental, from standalone plays to serials, from biographical dramas to avant-gardist music composition.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: radio,horror,adaptation,audio
Faculty \ School:
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Film, Television and Media
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2023 09:48
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2023 09:48
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/91411
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-031-13765-5_13

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